Here is an elegant Christmas pinecone craft inspired by Samantha!
What You Need
*Pinecones for Decorating*
*Wax paper and newspaper
*Glue (white or tacky works well)
*Foam paint brush
*Disposable cup or paper plate
*If you want to use pinecones from your yard, first use a plastic bag or disposable glove to pick them up and another plastic bag to put them in (they're wicked sticky!). Next, have your parent help you bake the pinecones on a foil-lined cookie sheet at 200 degrees F for 20-30 minutes (here is a website for more information on How to Prepare and Preserve Pinecones).
Step 1: Lay out some newspaper to cover your work surface. Then lay a sheet of wax paper on top. Next lay out your prepared pinecones on the wax paper. You'll want enough room so that the pinecones can dry without touching each other.
Step 2: Pour a little glue into the cup or plate. Using the foam paint brush, coat each scale on the pinecone with a little glue (be gentle as the pinceones are fragile).
Step 3: Sprinkle or coat the pinecone in glitter. Shake off the excess glitter and place on the wax paper to dry. Repeat steps two and three until each pinecone has been covered in glitter. Let dry for 24 hours.
Step 4: Once the pinecones are dry, tie a ribbon around the stem (or around the top row of scales) to make a loop to hang the pinecone. If you'd like, tie a second piece of ribbon into a bow for a more elegant touch.
Now you have some pretty handmade sparkly pinecone ornaments to hang on your tree! They also make great gifts for family and friends. Also, be sure to store your pinecone ornaments in a sturdy box with some tissue paper to help keep them from breaking.
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